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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Sep 10, 2008 8:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best ST. Stephen (which happens to be my favorite song ever!)

my favorite is 1-22-78 by a landslide

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Poster: secret8476 Date: Sep 10, 2008 10:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best ST. Stephen (which happens to be my favorite song ever!)

Ok i got this covered -
here's the breakdown -

60's era -check this out ....

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-12-29.sbd.miller.80197.sbeok.flac16

Seriously - they are havin sooo much fun this night playin' this tune. Its fast and snappy, but well played and upbeat. Its Awesome.

Ok - 70's - tuff one -- early 70's ... try this ..
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-10-31.late.sbd.cousinit.16902.sbeok.shnf

Its pretty pure. Its nice and slow - almost bluesy like for a bit. Phils voice is crystal clear on back ups (which i love) and the crowd is just nuts over it. They really sound super here. Crazy Jam after *one man gathers* verse. Really gets the *Stephen* feel out of it.

Ok ... late 70's.... well, while many may disagree - give this date a listen to. I absolutly love this version...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-01-10.sonyecm-wagner.minches.77328.flac16

Theres alot of heart in this one. Donna sounds really good and the crowd (once again NY) knows they were treated to sumthin special. I thought the jammin portion was really well played and enjoyed by the band and the audience. As Paris would say - its hot. Seriously.

Give these three Stephens a shot. You will not be disappointed. Its like three different songs of the same tune. Just my humble opinion.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 11, 2008 10:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best ST. Stephen (which happens to be my favorite song ever!)

Great call on 1/10/79

even tho' it's off topic, this show contains my favorite all time SHAKEDOWN.

Excellent Dark Star also from this show.

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Sep 11, 2008 1:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best ST. Stephen (which happens to be my favorite song ever!)

nice 68 one, really fun version. the whole show actually rocks pretty hard

I really like the sound of that 79 one too. great stuff